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Dona Tomas

4.5
1498 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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Doña Tomás is a special restaurant where you can feel like you're at a lively villa in Mexico enjoying fresh squeezed lime margaritas in the courtyard patio or dining on delicious Mexican cuisine in the main room or the crimson red bar room.


With our seasonally changing menu and our love and respect for Mexican food and culture, we strive to present a culinary experience highlighting our favorite dishes from Mexico. It is our goal to prepare these classics with the bounty of what is available in the Bay Area, serving them in a fun atmosphere where the energy is always exciting.


We pride ourselves on serving unusual and long forgotten dishes that we have tasted and recreated from our many journeys to Mexico.

Please go to our website donatomas.com for our current menu.
Our menu is predominately gluten free. We are a family friendly restaurant and we welcome well-behaved dogs on our patio.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 9:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 450-0522
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dona Savitsky
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Cross street
51st Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1498 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 12 hours ago

Love the margaritas and the food is delicious!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This is our favorite restaurant and we recently celebrated a birthday there. Words can’t describe how magical this place is. Each person who works there is authentic and kind. The food is exquisite and worth the price.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I’ve dined at Dona Tomas twice for brunch. The food is Amazing and it’s a wonderful atmosphere! I introduced my friends to this restaurant and they were so impressed. Next visit will be to enjoy their dinner menu. Can’t wait!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This was a totally enjoyable experience and I look forward to returning.

The food was fresh and coffee was strong and good.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great restaurant. Must try the carnitas!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had not been to Dona Tomas since we moved away from the Bay Area in late 2005. Our return visit did not disappoint! Still delicious "real" Mexican food and our kids even loved it, too!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food, great ambiance, and great service. Highly recommend it.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Unremarkable. Food was nothing special or very interesting—bland actually. Service was pretty terrible, as if we were an inconvenience. Although the hostess was warm and welcoming. Was excited to try this restaurant and hoped to return in warmer weather for a patio visit, but after this “meh” experience, I wouldn’t bother.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter Brunch on the Patio on a perfectly beautiful day in Oakland.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Lotsssss of crying babies during our entire meal. Someone was sitting on a bench right next to our table and they baby was legitimately crying 5 inches from my face for at least 20 minutes. We madr a reservation and requested to sit outside but when we showed up they told us we had to wait 30 minutes so we chose to sit inside. Service was very slow. We got our food before we got our drinks and half way through the meal the drinks showed up. Our waitress also forgot part of our order and after I asked her it showed up 15 minutes later with the check. She never asked if we wanted anything else or another drink or anything. No one ever came by our table once the food was dropped to check in. Food was meh and like warm. We drove over from San Francisco and brought an out of town guest. It’s likely we will never come back here.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent all around! The only downside was the noise level. It was definitely energetic. The service and food were exemplary.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was delicious and service was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

i've always love this place! i booked a reso on open table and indicated it was for a birthday. the hostess called me to confirm and then asked for the birthday girl's name. they surprised us with custom printed menus that said "happy birthday tasha" -- such a sweet touch that made our experience top notch.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Saturday night crowds
Very busy crew
A but slower than
Normal service but everything was graciously offered and delicious to eat. Served hot and fragrant. Always a pleasure.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

So incredibly delicious. We especially enjoyed the tostada.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Dona Tomas always delivers. Food is universally fantastic and creative, and our service was (as usual) top notch. A perfect spot for celebrating a special event (again).

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Consistently good service and good food. Cocktails are great as well!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First off the food is straight up delicious. Was busy, but service definitely uneven on a Saturday night. Loud. Still would recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Still the best margaritas anywhere in this area, hands down! And the chilled rellenos are always delicious and not greasy and heavily fried, like most places. It's always a pleasure to eat here.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great brunch! This was my first visit and it was delicious! The churros are a must have. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food and nice servers

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful food and drinks on a night when we really needed them. A sad family event brought us three together, and we found this a perfect place to have nourishment for our bodies and spirits. Carnitas and carne aside continue to be favorites, as well as the chilis rellenos. The margaritas can't be beat.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was difficult to have a conversation among all four of us due to the sound level, but we enjoyed the food. Great service with the exception of giving us the wrong leftovers.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent food and service. Their flourless chocolate cake is one of my favorite desserts in the East Bay.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

They have authentic Mexican Cuisine, and truly an upscale experience!
The only thing that I’m not crazy about is the noise level, very hard to hold a conversation in the main front room. I recommend the back room pass the outside or the patio for better conversation!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Seated half hour late but lovely otherwise

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We always love Dona Tomas. More creative and yummy than Tex-Mex, the food is terrific. The drinks are good and the atmosphere is warm and festive. Lovely people too!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Our food was delicious and the service was extremely friendly. The restaurant is a little dark and has a lot of hard surfaces. I wish it were just a little cozier but I loved the food and staff so I would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

We dined with an old friend. We brought our two young children and they were very accommodating by bringing out their meals immediately. We enjoyed the food and our evening very much. Great margaritas! We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food and flavors are always great hear. Never leaves you with a heavy feeling.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Margaritas were excellent!!!
Mole enchiladas were very good.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We spent Valentines Day there. Perfect setting, never felt rushed, we can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been going to Dona Tomas for many years, since soon after it opened. Always a good spot for flavorful mexican food. Great margaritas ("La Reina" and "Especial"). Always good service. We went this time to celebrate Valentines Day. By the way, if you like moles, they can't be beat!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

exceptional gourmet cuisine. order the menu and be surprised.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time at Dona Tomas. The Carnitas were fabulous, and for cocktails, I highly recommend the El Matador. Spicy!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Wait staff was attentive and discrete! Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Cocktails were unique and fun and the chille Rellenos was outstanding

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent as usual. Well worth the prices, which are commensurate with the quality.

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Server was ok , she did not know what non alcoholic drinks they served . The carnitas was very dry .

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Staff was accommodating to seat us earlier than our reservation and service was casual and friendly. Was in the side room rather than the main area which was dark and lacking in ambience and also next to the exterior door (was very dark so perhaps it was decorated better than I remember). Ingredients were puzzling - some sort of cream sauce and mushrooms in the Carne Asada and carmelized onions in the shrimp tacos. I'm hardly an authority to say if it was authentic or not but it tasted overcooked without any clear, fresh flavors that I think of with Mexican food. Overall dining here was a disappointment after hearing about Dona Tomas for so long. I really enjoy the food at Tacubaya in Berkeley however which I think is an affiliated restaurant.

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